This video is called Haiti: Aid efforts hurt by lack of coordination.
From British daily The Guardian:
US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti …
Brazil and France lodged an official protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince’s congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic. … Frustration over aid bottlenecks among donors became tinged by national rivalry as it became clear the US was taking ownership of the crisis. A vanguard of more than 1,000 US troops was on the ground and 12,000 were expected in the region by Monday … The UN mission, which had a 9,000-strong peacekeeping force in Haiti before the quake, seemed too stunned by its own losses to take control.
The French Co-operation Minister has urged the United Nations to investigate and clarify the dominant US role in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, claiming that international aid efforts were about helping Haiti not “occupying” it.
The United States armed forces are not just blocking extremely necessary aid from Cuba, Venezuela, and other Caribbean countries … and from France (still a grudge from old Iraq war-“Freedom Fries” days, no matter how “Atlanticist” Sarkozy may be?) … and from Brazil (spite because it did not support the coup against the democratically elected president of Honduras?). But also from Doctors Without Borders, which is very far from being an “anti imperialist”, “anti American”, etc. etc. organization.
From Doctors Without Borders:
Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince
Demands Deployment of Lifesaving Medical Equipment Given Priority
Port-au-Prince/Paris /New York, 17 January 2009—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that its cargo planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting for vital surgical operations. Priority must be given immediately to planes carrying lifesaving equipment and medical personnel.
Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in the Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.
A second MSF plane is currently on its way and scheduled to land today in Port- au-Prince at around 10 am local time with additional lifesaving medical material and the rest of the equipment for the hospital. If this plane is also rerouted then the installation of the hospital will be further delayed, in a situation where thousands of wounded are still in need of life-saving treatment.
The inflatable hospital includes 2 operating theaters, an intensive care unit, 100-bed hospitalization capacity, an emergency room and all the necessary equipment needed for sterilizing material.
MSF teams are currently working around the clock in 5 different hospitals in Port-au-Prince, but only 2 operating theaters are fully functional, while a third operating theater has been improvised for minor surgery due to the massive influx of wounded and lack of functional referral structures.
Amy [of Democracy NOW! in the USA] interviews a young girl whose foot was crushed in the quake. One of her sisters was killed. And she is separated from her mother: here.
Has Disaster Profiteering Already Begun in Haiti? Here.
EXILED PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE SPEAKS ON HAITI CRISIS: here.
Witness to a nightmare: here.
FOX Evades Earthquake Coverage: Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Ann Coulter Ignore/Redirect on Haitian Tragedy: here.
IMF to Haiti: Freeze Public Wages: here.
Luxury liners are going in – but the aid is nowhere to be seen in Haiti: here.
HUGE MOBILISATION – BUT HARDLY ANY AID – as 20,000 bodies are driven out of Port-au-Prince to be burned: here.
Aid Not Troops: Why Wyclef is Wrong About Haiti: here.
Besides Pat Robertson’s racist Christian fundamentalist nonsense on Haiti, there is also John Travolta’s Scientologist nonsense on Haiti.
Haiti: While the “Relief” Effort Fails, the Son of Gloria Vanderbilt is in a Huff Over “Looters”: here.
The U.S. military has taken control of the only airport in Port-Au-Prince and is facing criticism for diverting some aid planes. Doctors Without Borders says five of its planes carrying surgical teams and equipment weren’t allowed to land and were diverted to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. U.S. forces also turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital. Al-Jazeera English aired this report on Sunday: here.
Hillary Clinton’s statement that the US will be in Haiti “in the time ahead” and the military statement that they “are going to have to address the security situation” confirms that what we are witnessing in Haiti is the start of long-term military occupation of the country by the United States.
The Paris Club of creditor nations has urged all of Haiti’s bilateral lenders to cancel the earthquake-stricken nation’s debt: here.
Money for Haiti – not war and bankers: here.